“It is necessary to make preparatory programmes for the Sacrament of Marriage ever more effective, not only for human growth, but above all for the faith of the engaged couples. The fundamental objective of this encounter is to help engaged couples realise a progressive integration into the mystery of Christ, in the Church and with the Church.” (Pope Francis, Address to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, 21 January 2017)
Our courses meet the requirements for preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church.
They have been specifically designed to offer couples a presentation of fundamental, underlying themes as well as of the Sacrament of Marriage itself, according to the theological vision of the Catholic Church. Intrinsic to this presentation is an emphasis on personal integrity and honest communication as a couple, founded on the primary relationship with God.
Our Director, Stefan Kaminski, gained a licentiate at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family Life, the Church’s only institute dedicated to this area. He is supported by his wife, Eleonora, who is similarly qualified, and a team of couples who are experienced in delivering marriage preparation as well as in marriage itself!
Our events take place at Theodore House, set on the stunning Stonyhurst estate in the Ribble Valley.
£60 per person / £120 per couple
Our weekend course is a fantastic opportunity to engage more deeply, individually and as a couple, with the Catholic vision of marriage. Allowing a greater space and time to reflect, it will offer each couple much to consider in the lead up to and into their marriage.
The weekend is fully-catered, with a framework of prayer, input, discussion and social time to allow for a rich experience and meditation on the Sacrament of Matrimony.
The weekend is divided into three main themes, with two sessions per theme:
Theme 1 – Love: God & Creation / Communication & Communion
Theme 2 – Marriage: The Covenant / The Language of the Body
Theme 3 – Fruitfulness: The Creative Nature of Love / Fertility Care
£220 per person / £440 per couple
Arrivals for 6pm on Friday
Departures from 4pm on Sunday
Subsidies may be available for couples wishing to join this course, who are unable to pay the full cost. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org